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Another Publication of eBookWholesaler


by John Williams Copyright ) 2002 John Williams. All Rights Reserved.

Every one loves to watch Magic shows but it's

more fun to be the guy or girl with the wand.

You are the Wizard with your "Ezy Magic" book!

Proudly brought to you by

Secret Marketing Study



Web site Hosting Service

Internet Marketing

Affiliate Program

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HOW TO READ THIS BOOK........................................... 3

INTRODUCTION ............................................................... 9

INVOLVE THEM................................................................. 10

BAR BETS.......................................................................... 11

B-TWEEN BETCHA ............................................................ 12

WASTE OF A GOOD DRINK................................................ 14

A FREE DRINK.................................................................. 15

SUGAR STUMPER .............................................................. 17

TEN COIN TRIANGLE......................................................... 19

ODD AND EVEN................................................................. 21

FOLLOW THE RULES ......................................................... 22

QUICK KNOT #1................................................................ 24

MATCH PUZZLE ................................................................ 25

CAMEL COIN..................................................................... 27

COIN CATCH ..................................................................... 29

GIVE MONEY AWAY! ........................................................ 30

COIN CLIP......................................................................... 31

THE NEXT CARD............................................................... 32

TRICKS WITH CARDS......................................................... 33

THE 2 FLIP FORCE............................................................. 34

UNFAIR DEAL ................................................................... 36

IT IS A SET-UP!................................................................. 38

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Odd and Even............................................................... 38

Eight Kings .................................................................. 40

PICK THE CENTER CARD ................................................... 42

MIXED UP! ....................................................................... 44

REVERSED RELATIONS...................................................... 46

THE CUT(E) FORCE........................................................... 48

CLOSE-UP MAGIC.......................................................... 49

DOUBLE YOUR MONEY .................................................... 50

CLEVER BIRD.................................................................... 52

CRUSHING A GLASS!......................................................... 55

REFLEX VANISH................................................................ 57

COIN-CEN-TRATION.......................................................... 59

MENTAL BLOCK ............................................................... 63

PHONE-Y MIND READER................................................... 65

COIN-WITH 2 HEADS......................................................... 67

BLOOD FROM A STONE ..................................................... 69

STICKY METAL ................................................................. 70

VANISHING COIN .............................................................. 72

THE MATCHBOX BANK..................................................... 73

THE HOUDINI CANDY ....................................................... 75

KNOT IMPOSSIBLE ............................................................ 78

HOP OFF CANDY............................................................... 81

VANISHING KNOTS ........................................................... 83

HYPNOTISED HANKY ........................................................ 84


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STICKY COIN .................................................................... 86

MEMORY MASTER ........................................................ 88

MENTAL MARVELS....................................................... 92

PENDULUM PREDICTION ................................................... 93

THE HEX MARK................................................................ 95

COLOR READING FINGERTIPS ........................................... 96

CRAYON DIVINATION ....................................................... 98

DOWSING A DOLLAR....................................................... 100

THE HUMAN GIMMICK.................................................... 102

THE PERFECT PREDICTION.............................................. 104

STAND-UP MAGIC ............................................ 106

STICKY COIN WITHOUT A TABLE .................................... 107

IT IS UP YOUR SLEEVE................................................... 109

ALL TIED UP................................................................... 111

BOOK BANK.................................................................... 113

CATCHING CARDS N COINS............................................. 115

THE BALL IN THE BAG .................................................... 117

ABOUT THE AUTHOR ................................................. 119

WHY DID HE EXPOSE SO MANY SECRETS? ....................... 119


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likes to



Simple tricks and stunts help any social occasion.

But the best part is being the guy or girl with the wand!

Now you can with "Ezy Magic"!

You can be the center of attention, life of the party or

the mysterious wonder worker. That�s up to you.

Practise each trick in private so you amaze your friends

when they see it and weave your personality in to the

tricks. Then you will show tricks to family, friends and

audiences for years.

The secret method behind every magic trick is usually

very simple. The real trick is to perform so they want to

see you do more tricks.

But how can you increase their interest in your tricks?

That's on the next page!


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Involve Them

Use their Club Report or favorite magazine for a trick

instead of just any magazine.

Tell a story while doing the trick and use the names or

traits of people they

know for people in your story.

Use their Club or Company name as a magic word

instead of Abracadabra.

Use their product or Club logo as part of the trick.

Your audience will appreciate you putting yourself in

the effect, not just doing it "as written".

Always keep a couple of tricks for next time.

Read all the tricks and stunts in your book. Some you

pass over now may be useful at another time.

Now we start the Show and Tell ...


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BAR BETS This selection from my bulging file of brain-busting bar

bets will give your friends plenty of mental exercise.


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B-tween Betcha

This is a great example of, "It's not what you do but

how you do it" and what you say!

Show your guests two scarves or handkercheifs tied

together at one corner and one loose scarf which

should be a contrasting color or pattern. That has no

effect on the scam, it just looks better.

Ask your friends," Can you tie the loose scarf between

the other two without damaging any of them or untying

or loosening the knot?"

It's probably a good idea to hold the two tied scarves in

one hand with their centres inside your fist and the knot

toward the audience.

This helps to focus their thoughts away from the

simple, but not obvious, solution.

You let them ponder and perform anything short of

surgery on the scarves, then simply tie two opposite

corners of the loose scarf to the corners of the tied

scarves which are diagonally opposite the knot!


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Now you have a continuous loop made from the 3

scarves and everyone realises that the answer should

have been obvious.

You never said that the loose scarf had to be tied to the

corners which made up the knot, did you?


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Waste of

a Good Drink

Show your friends a glass of any liquid with an ice cube

floating in it and a piece of string with a small loop at

one end.

Their challenge, if they choose to accept it, is to

remove the ice cube from the glass of liquid without

disturbing the glass or touching the cube!

You let them try their theories and try not to look like a

know-all. When they let you have a go, lower the loop

onto the cube then sprinkle salt where the loop rests.

Wait a few seconds for the chemical reaction between

the salt and the ice, then raise the string and it will

easily bring the cube with it!

You have to use natural cotton cord, not synthetic, or

you will need real Magic to make it work!


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A Free Drink

This is a "bar bet" which can earn you and your partner

a free bottle of wine the next time you have dinner at a

restaurant with friends.

Being the fair-minded people everyone knows you are,

share it with the people who lose this bet to you!

With a partly empty bottle of wine on the table and all

glasses filled, you say that you can put the cork back in

the bottle and get a drink without re-opening the bottle!

Your friends have little chance to work out your method

unless they have seen it before.

If some have seen it in this book, they will play along

because they know you should be a good spectator

when you are not the wonder-worker.

And they will want to see the effect on your mutual


When the terms of the bet are agreed, you check that

the cork or stopper is firmly in place. Turn the bottle


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upside down and pour a little wine from your glass into

the depression in the base!

Just take a quick sip from it and you have won another



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Sugar Stumper

You need a straight-sided glass and two sugar lumps

that you will find many cafes and restaurants still


Put the thumb and first finger of one hand on each side

of the glass with your thumb pressing a sugar lump

against the side of the glass. Balance the other sugar

lump on top of the first.

The trick is to toss each lump, one at a time, up from

your thumb and catch them in the glass!

You will almost certainly need extra sugar lumps when

you ask your friends to try this. Several are likely to be

smashed through accident or frustration.

The secret is that you toss the first lump up and catch it

in the glass.


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For the second, more difficult part of the stunt, you lift

your thumb slightly off the lump, flick it up only very

lightly and then drop the glass below it!

When people try this without knowing the secret, they

use too much force to toss up the second sugar lump

and the first lump shoots out of the glass.


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Ten Coin Triangle

You need to know someone rich enough to have ten

coins all of the same value for this bar bet.

Lay the coins in a triangle formation with four coins on

the bottom row, then three above them, two on the next

row and one at the top. Do it neatly, because it makes it

easier for your craftiness to be seen when your friends

fail to work this one out.

You ask them to flip the triangle end for end by just

moving three coins.

Let them try and it is possible that someone will work

this out, because unlike most of the other items I show

you, there is no trick to it - just clear thinking but that is

fairly rare anyway.

Take the coin at the top of the triangle and put it below

the bottom row of four at the center point of the row.


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With this much information it is much easier to work out

the answer, and you may find someone reaching over

to try to finish it for you. Have them restrained because

this is your triumph - you did all the hard work!

Now, just take the coins from each end of the former

bottom row and put one at each end of the original row

of two. Your job is done and your reputation as a

mental marvel very slightly enhanced.


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Odd and


You show 10 similar coins and 3 glasses and challenge

your friends to sort all the coins among the glasses so

there are an odd number of coins in each glass!

Your friends will find this easy to do if you don't spell

out the conditions clearly - all coins and all glasses

must be used.

It is really in how you say it. Put 4 coins in 1 glass and 3

coins in each of the others. Then, put one of the

glasses with 3 coins inside the glass that has 4 coins!

Now the glass which you put 4 coins in, has 7 coins in


So all the glasses have an odd number of coins in



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Follow the


What if you don't have ten coins for the previous trick?

This set-up might help you increase the number of

coins in your pocket fairly quickly!

You need 2 coins of the same value and a slightly

smaller coin. The relative value of the coins does not

Matter, just make sure two are the same size and one

is a bit smaller.

Set the coins on the table in a row with the smaller coin

in the center and all 3 coins touching.

You say,"These coins are Number One," point to the

first of the larger coins," Number Two," point to the

smaller coin in the center of the row," and Number

Three. I want you to put Number Three," point again to

the large coin which you named Number Three." In

between Number One and Number Two. But, please

follow the rules;

You cannot touch or shift Number One.


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You cannot move Number Two, but you can

Touch and move Number Three."

You will probably have to keep a close eye on the

challengers because many will misunderstand the

rules, probably deliberately!

When you decide they have had enough time to work it

out, put one finger firmly on the center of the smaller

coin (you can touch but not move it).

Then use one finger of your other hand to draw

Number Three along the table until it is a couple of

inches away from the smaller coin. Now push it quickly

into Number Two which your other finger is holding in


The force of the strike will travel through the smaller

coin and move the other large coin away.

You may have to do it a few times but you will get a

gap large enough for you to put your striker coin,

Number Three, between the other two.

It doesn't matter if your blows move the other large

coin inches away from the smaller coin as long as it

doesn't go off the table. You had to be able to put

Number Three between the other 2, they don't have to

be still touching each other!


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Quick Knot #1

Put a piece of cord about as long as the width of your

body on the table or bar in front of you.

Ask your friends if they can tie a knot in the cord

without letting go of the ends?

Let them try. Then fold your arms and bend down

grasping each end of the rope with the nearest hand.

As you straighten up, unfold your arms without letting

go of the ends of the rope. The knot is loosely formed.

If you win money from them with this old swindle,

quickly fold your arms again in case some sore loser

wants to massage your solar plexus!


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Match Puzzle

You lay 6 matches side by side in a row with their

heads nearest to the spectators.

Ask them can they move just 2 matches and leave


This is simply a play on words. When they have tried,

you just take the third match and lay it diagonally

between the head of the first match and the other end

of the next match. This gives a fair representation of a

capital "N".

Leave the 4th match where it is ("I") but turn the 6th

match ninety degrees and lay it back down with its

head at the bottom of the 5th match ("L").

You have filled the conditions by moving only 2

matches and leaving nothing - NIL


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It is okay if your friends groan, because you will almost

certainly hear of them pulling this stunt on other people.

If you are in the group where they do this, please play

along and pretend you do not know the puzzle. Part of

the Magician's Code is to be a good spectator as well

as a good trickster.


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Camel Coin

Fold a sheet of paper from top to bottom and then fold it

left to right so that it is a quarter its original size

Unfold the paper, then cut a small hole where the

creases meet.

Show your friends the paper and a coin that is wider

than the hole in the center of the paper.

Ask them to push the coin through the hole without

tearing or cutting the paper?

You will be the only one who can do the deed.

The creases in the paper are only there to mislead your


Put the coin on the table and hold the paper over it with

the hold right above the coin.

Push at the coin through the hole in the paper with the

tip of a finger or the point of the scissors.

You don't have to make the coin travel through the hole

- you push (at) it through the hole!


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With the right props you could push "a camel through

the eye of a needle" but you might upset the camel.


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Show a glass, a coin and a straw.

Bend the straw in half, then put the glass mouth down

on a table and put the coin on top of the glass.

Offer the bent straw to a spectator and ask them to lift

the coin off the top of the glass using just the straw.

Don't give them too long to work this out. But no matter

how long they have, your wager is safe. They cannot


This is a "betcha" or "bar bet", not a trick. The straw is

only for taking their attention from your carefully chosen


Whatever chicanery or skill your friends have, the result

will always be in your favour because the coin is on the

bottom of the glass, so no-one can meet your challenge

to remove it from the top!


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Give money Away!

Ask your friends to put all the twenty-cent coins they

have on the table with the side showing the year of

production downward.

Say you will give them ten cents for each of the twenty

cent coins where you get the date wrong! Does it sound

like they can't lose?

They will as long as you make sure you get the dates

WRONG! That's because your offer is that you will

exchange (give them) ten cents for each of their twenty

cents where you get the date wrong.

You make ten cents every time you "lose"!


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Coin Clip

Put a glass mouth upward on the table.

Carefully balance two coins opposite each other on the

rim of the glass.

Challenge your friends to take the 2 coins off the glass

at the same time but they must only use the thumb and

a finger from one hand to do it.

This will need a little more practise than other items I

have shown you.

Put the tip of your thumb gently on the center of one

coin and the tip of your middle finger on the center of

the other coin.

Gently press the coins and slide them down opposite

sides of the glass.

Keep pressure on the coins and, when they are about a

third of the way down, draw them toward you. As the

coins come off the glass, tighten your grip and drag

them away.


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The Next Card

To do this swindle, you need to learn the Two Flip

Force or another way of making sure the spectator

selects the card you want.

You let them freely select a card ( the one you force

them to take), then start dealing the cards face up on

the table. Make sure you deal past their card and then

ask,"Will you give me twenty cents if the next card I turn

over is your card?"

They will think that they are on a sure thing as you have

already dealt their card onto the table. They can see it

there jutting out from cards you dealt on top of it. So

they agree to the wager.

Instead of dealing the next card from the deck in your

hand, you reach into the pile of cards you have already

dealt and turn over their card!


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Tricks with


Tricks with playing cards are popular with all magicians

and most audiences because they are colorful,

understood by almost every person and available just

about anywhere.


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2 Flip Force

The most common card trick is that you ask someone

to select a card, then reveal which one it is. This is one

of the easiest.

You shuffle a borrowed pack of cards then ask a

spectator to cut the pack twice.

They discard some of the deck and take the next card.

You, the Magician, know what the card is and reveal it

in a fun but mysterious manner.

You shuffle the cards, spread them face up in front of

the spectators, showing that they are a regular deck.

You need to remember the top card, that is the one

they will choose!

Hand the pack to the spectator, ask them to cut just a

few cards from the top. They turn over those few cards

and put them on the top of the pack.


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"To make this miracle a bit harder, cut the pack again a

little deeper please". You ask them to again turn over

the cut cards and put them on top of the pack.

Now ask them to take off and discard the face up cards,

then pick up the first face-down card and show it to

everyone but you.

You know it is the original top card so you can reveal it

anyway you like.


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Unfair Deal

One day someone will hand you cards so worn you

wouldn't let your dog play with them and say, "Do some

magic?" ! This trick is for that situation.

You play a game of Poker with the owner of the cards.

Even when you let your 'victim' choose his cards, you

win! You use just ten cards for this trick. You say that is

to make it fairer but there is really nothing fair about it!

You need three sets of three

cards of the same value and an

Ace such as three Kings, three

twos and three sixes with any

one of the Aces.

It is easy to keep track of the Ace even when the cards

are face down. That is important because is the player

who gets the Ace loses the hand! The Ace is usually

the most valuable card. It is a jinx card in this game.


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If you deal the first hand, make sure the Ace is at an

odd position in the face down stack so your friend gets

it. Whatever hand you end up with, theirs will be no

match for it.

Your friend deals the second hand. Make sure that you

mix the cards and leave the Ace at an even position in

the stack.

For the third and final hand, say that you will let them

see the first few cards and decide whose hand they go

to. The Ace should be one of the first two cards they

see. Almost everyone knows that the Ace has a high

value and will actually ask you to give them the losing



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It IS a


You can perform miracles if you arrange the cards in a

special order called a 'stack' in advance. Here are 2

methods. The first is as easy as it gets.

You will need a little time to prepare the second stack

that has more possibilities.

Odd and Even You separate the odd cards from the even ones. Then

thoroughly mix all the odd cards, red and black,

together and square them up.

Now you mix all the even cards together, put them on

top of the block of odd cards and square up the deck.

Spread the top half of the deck and ask someone to

pick one card. As your friends look at and show the

other spectators the selected card, you square up the

upper half of the deck and spread the lower half to

receive their card.

Turn the deck toward yourself and look for the odd card

- the even valued card among a group of odd cards.


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You can, if you wish, take out your friend's card and two

others. Put them face down between you and use the

"Magician's choice" technique explained elsewhere in

this book to pick out the card they originally selected.

This will help to take attention away from your stacked

deck but don't worry; there will be few who can work out

this trick if you concentrate on your presentation.


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It is a Set-up

Eight Kings

Here is your second stack. This one needs a bit of time

to learn but it will give you many ways you can reveal

spectators' cards. Remember too that the time you

invest to learn to do the trick properly will be returned

many times over as you use the trick for years!

Your friend put their card back anywhere in the deck

and then cuts the deck several times.

You just spread the deck face-up on the table between

you and push out their card. They will probably think

you used a marked deck!

This secret method of stacking any deck of cards in a

few minutes is so good that it is unlikely anyone will

crack the code.

You must memorise this doggerel;




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It is a memory jogger) for this set-up;

Eight (8) Kings(King) threa(3)ten(10) to(2)


five(5) Queens(Queen) for(4) one(Ace) sick(6)


Now just add the word ChaSeD - that stands for



Arrange the cards in this order; 8 CLUBS * King


3 SPADES * 10 DIAMONDS* 2 CLUBS and so on.

Using the CHSD order and with the 8 Kings sequence

means that the suits and the values appear thoroughly

mixed among the stacks.

When your friend or volunteer takes their card from

your deck and shows it round, just make sure that it

goes back into your deck at a different spot.

Then you only have to lay the deck down face up on

the table between you and check where their card

breaks the sequence you memorised.

Now quick, what card follows the 4 DIAMONDS?

If you said "Ace CLUBS", you are ready to wow your

friends with this stunning effect.


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Pick the Center Card

This trick is so good you will find that it is worth putting

together even if you have to buy a cheap pack of

playing cards, some glue and paper-clips so you can do

it! But you can use any odd playing cards you may

have laying around.

Just glue five together, all facing the same way - two

spot cards at each end and a picture card in the center.

Show your victim, er volunteer, the row of cards and

give them a large paper clip or a clothespin. Then turn

over the glued row of cards and ask your friend to "Just

pick the center card".

It may seem very easy, but when they have placed the

clothespin or clip to their satisfaction, you turn the row

of cards face up again. There is only about one chance

in a hundred they clipped the center card!


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You can prove to sore losers that you did not slide any

cards around to make them miss the center card.

Because of a simple optical illusion, you will score

better than 95% success.


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Mixed Up!

You quickly find your spectator's card even though you

helped him lose it. A great trick to use when you are

given a very worn deck of cards.

It's your help that makes the trick work of course.

You each take about half the deck and shuffle

thoroughly. Then you ask him to look at the top card on

his half and put it face down on the pile of cards in front

of you.

Then he puts a few cards from his pile on top of your

pile, the next few under your pile, Let him repeat these

two steps until all the cards are in the one pile. Now you

ask him to cut the deck into a few piles and then put the

piles together in a different order.

After all this mixing, you simply look through the deck

and remove the card he looked at.

This is very easy because you secretly looked at the

top card on your pile while he was looking at his card,


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before he placed it on your pile. So the card he looked

at will be immediately above the card you remember.

If your card is now on top of the deck, then his card is

the bottom card.

You should always get volunteers to show their

selected card to other spectators in case they forget or

decide to say the name of a different card just to trip

you up.


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Reversed Relations

You won't even have to know what card the spectator

chose this time. It will reveal itself at the end of the


Turn the bottom card of your deck face up before you

offer to show your new card miracle.

Fan the cards between your hands, being careful not to

spread the deck so far that the reversed bottom card

can be seen.

Let anyone select a card and you close up the deck.

Ask them to show the card they chose to several other


While they do that you secretly turn over the deck of


Ask them to push their card face down anywhere they

like into the deck.


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Put the deck behind your back, saying that you will try

to find their card just by touch. But all you do is turn the

deck over again! If you want to be extra careful, turn the

original bottom card face down again.

Now you bring the deck into view and say your

fingertips are having an off day so you will have to try

something else.

Ask your volunteer to say the Magic Word as you

spread the deck on your table and everyone will see

that the chosen card is now the only card face-up!


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Cut(e) Force

You shuffle the deck of cards and ask your volunteer to

say "Stop" when they like. Right away, you ask them to

cut the deck and look at the top card of the lower


Ask them to show that card to other spectators and you

pick up the rest of the deck and show everybody that it

is a regular deck of cards.

While you do this, secretly remember the bottom card.

Now they put their chosen card on top of the deck and

you let them cut the deck as many times as they want.

Turn over the deck and spread the cards. Point to the

card below the one you remember - that is their chosen



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Up Close and


When people know you can do Magic, they will ask you

to do something NOW. They won't wait until you have a

stage act ready.

These close-up tricks impress your friends more than

any television spectacular because you are right under

their noses.

The first section has tricks that need no preparation.

Then you learn tricks that need some set-up.

All the tricks should appear "off the cuff" to your friends.


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Double Your


Show a banknote lying on your palm at right angles to

your fingers.

Ask a spectator to duplicate your actions with his own

note and you will show him how to double his money!

When he is ready, raise your hand and the note in front

of you. Then you fold your note back toward you. Say,

"I have now doubled my money".

"Groan". But wait! Fold the note over toward yourself

again, then fold the sides together. Now unfold the note

and show you have 2 banknotes where there had been

only one!

You need a little preparation to do this simple miracle

and the unexpected outcome is very impressive.

You start with 2 notes. Fold one in concertina style

about 3 times then fold the top and bottom together so

you have a small packet that you hide in the palm of

your hand under the note that you show your audience.


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The concertina fold; fold a small section at 1 end of the

note forward onto the main part of the note. Then fold

the double thickness behind the note.

Your third fold is to bring the triple thickness onto the

front of the note. When you have folded the whole

length of the note, let one end go - it will open out in a

zigzag or concertina fashion.

The hidden note will spring out of the unfolded first

note, giving a faster and more effective finish.]

Show your volunteer "the only safe way to double their

money". When they think the gag is over, ask him to do

exactly what you do.

Start folding the visible note in various ways. While you

friend is just folding one note you have your TWO notes

folded together. When you unfold the outer note, the

hidden note will spring open.

You doubled your money.


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Clever Bird

Here is where you display your skills as a bird trainer.

But not the average magician's dove, you train plastic


Show everyone a length of thick cord with 3 knots tied

in it at approximately equal distances apart. The knot at

your left has a bangle suspended from it and in there

sits your favorite pet, Percy the Prestidigitorial

peregrine, 100% plastic but smart enough to fool any

audience with your expert help.

You say that Percy will not only jump to the other end

of the cord but he will take his perch with him (you have

to keep the budget down so can only supply one


But Percy needs his privacy so you quickly move the

whole set-up behind your back for a moment.


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Of course, you reverse the ends of the cord while it is

behind your back so this time the bangle and the "bird"

is at your right.

Your audience will probably display slight indications of

disapproval here, so you say that tonight, just for them,

Percy has agreed to try an even more difficult feat. He

will travel with his perch to the center knot. Everyone

knows this is impossible, unless you cheat.

Well, you and Percy do it. And yes, you do have a little

up your sleeve. Well, it is really the extra knot in the

cord that is hidden in your hand through the early parts

of the routine which makes this miracle possible.

You start the routine with the extra knot in your left

hand, about the same distance from the knot with the

bangle as that knot is from the next knot which is the

one the audience think is the centre knot.

When you do the first switch of ends, you make sure

the hidden knot is smoothly exchanged from your left

hand to your right so there is no apparent change as far

as the audience is concerned.

But the next time you put the set-up behind your back,

your right hand releases the hidden knot and your left

moves along so the rope and covers what had been the

visible knot at that end of the rope.


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Now, you only have to bring the set-up to the front

again and Percy can get his deserved applause!


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Crushing a Glass!

Sit at a table and put a glass mouth down over a small

object such as a matchbox.

Cover the glass with a stiff napkin or serviette.

Wave your hands over the cloth and then take the cloth

away, but the matchbox is still there.

You ask to have one more try and, with loud vocal

support from your audience, smash your hand down on

the cloth!

The glass vanished, not the small object!

Use any object that is narrow enough to fit in your


Use both hands to mould the cloth around the glass

when you cover it the first time. The cloth will keep the

shape of the glass even when the glass has gone.


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Each time you lift the cloth, take the glass away with it

back past the edge of the table. The second time,

quietly let the glass drop from under the cloth into your


Then you put the stiff cloth back over the object.

Remember to act is if the glass is still under the cloth,

so you are moving some weight, not just a piece of


Say that you will make the object you covered

disappear this time. Get your friends to say the magic

words and wave your hands round the cloth before you

suddenly crush the cloth to the table.

The glass vanished!


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Reflex Vanish

All you need for this little miracle is a short pen or


Tap a short pencil on a friend's open palm and say, "I

will do this a few times but grab the pencil when I say


On the third tap, you say "Now!" and your friend grabs

... nothing. The pencil vanished!

Bring your arm right up after each tap so your hand

pass your ear.

On the second swing, you leave the pencil behind your


Bring your hand down, say "Now!" loudly and extend

your first finger.

When your friend quickly makes his grab, he will trap

your finger and realise the pencil has gone!


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Ask a friend to lay three coins of the same value and

one coin of the higher value in a straight line.

Turn your back and tell your volunteer to switch the

valuable coin with one beside it a few times.

After they make the switches, ask them to take away

three coins one at a time while you can't see them.

They will be amazed it is the valuable coin left on the


This stunning demonstration of your mental powers is

so easy. You only need to be able to count to five, all

the work has been done!

When they lay out the coins randomly, remember

where they place the valuable coin is in the row.

Turn your back. You won't look while telling them what

moves to make. You don't need to see them.


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You face the same way as your volunteer so it is easy

for you to picture the coins as they see them.

Ask them to switch the large coin with one alongside it.

Ask for another switch, and then another.

And then another. Then one more switch.

Your friend has done five switches. That is important

but you pretend you have no particular number of

switches in mind, and you are just stopping after a

random number.

What position did they place the special coin at the


If the valuable coin was on their left or third from their

left at the start, the coin at their left after the 5

switches is the first one you ask them to take away.

If it was nearest their left hand or third from their left;

Ask them to take away the coin that is nearest their left



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Now ask them to switch the special coin with one

alongside it. It will be on one end of the row, so this

move will put it in the center.

Now ask them to take away the coin at the right end of

the row.

Just one move left, isn't there?

You ask them to take away the coin on their left.

Now you turn to them and show that the only coin left

on the table is the special coin!

If the valuable coin was on their right or third from their right at the start, the coin at their right after the 5 switches is the first one you ask them to take away.

If it was nearest their right hand or third from their right;

Ask them to take away the coin that is nearest their

right hand.

Now ask them to switch the special coin with one

alongside it.

It will be on one end of the row, so this move will put it

in the center.


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Now ask them to take away the coin at the right end of

the row.

Just one move left, isn't there? Ask them to take away

the coin on their left.

Now you turn to them and show that the only coin left

on the table is the special coin!

Practise this a few times privately. It is easy to



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Mental Block

Let's revert to childhood games for a few minutes.

Do you remmeber playing Dominoes?

If you did, but never won a game, here is your chance

for revenge!

You pour onto the table your set of dominoes, then

show your frienda a sealed envelope. You say you

have put you prediction in the envelope before they


Yes, once again they do the work and you get the


Ask your friends to create a single domino trail where

each domino is next to another domino that has the

same number on one end of it. So, if the first domino

has two spots on one end and five spots on the other,

they may only put a domino with either five spots or

two spots next to it in the trail.

When they have completed this trail, ask anyone to

open your prediction and they will find that you


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predicted, even before they started, the numbers on

each end of the trail!

You have to use your own set of dominoes, or get the

person who supplies the set to prepare it before

bringing it to where your spectators can see it.

All you have to do is take one domino away from the

set that you lend them to create the trail. The numbers

which are on the missing domino are the ones you

predict because you can be sure they will be the

numbers on the ends of their carefully constructed

domino trail!


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Phone-y Mind


Sometimes you want to give credit to others like your

friend the Mental Giant.

He (or she) is the person you phone when you just can't

work out the card someone chose.

You offer to demonstrate. Ask someone to pick any

card from the deck. Then they show it around, even you

can see it this time because you won't tell your friend,

the Mental Giant, what it is. You don�t need to!

You can do this trick even if you don't have a deck of

cards! Just ask any of the spectators to say the name

of any playing card.

Now you phone your friend, then ask if he is feeling up

to reading someone's mind at long distance?

You ass the phone to the person who selected or

named the card and your friend, the Mental Giant,

immediately tells them the name of their card!


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You realise that it must be done either with telepathy or

by cheating. I don't have enough time to explain how to

do it with telepathy so we'll get on to the other method!

You have arranged with your friend to answer the

phone promptly. When they do, youonly identify

yourself and then they start to say the suits of cards,

leaving a pause between each,"Clubs� Hearts�

Spades� Diamonds".

Immediately after they say the correct suit of the

chosen card you ask to speak with the Mental Giant.

Now they know the suit, so they start to say the card

values from Ace to King with a pause after each one.

When they say the correct value, you immediately ask

if they are willing to read your volunteer's mind?

Now they have both the value and the suit, so you

pass the phone to your spectator and prepare to amaze



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Coin-with 2 Heads

With just a little practise, you can turn any coin - even

One that you borrow into a double-headed coin!

Ask a friend to loan you a coin.

Say, "Did you realise that you had a double-headed


You show them the head side of their coin, and then

turn over your hand as you drop the coin to your other


And there is a head on the other side!

When your friend has seen the coin in your hand you tilt

that hand so the coin starts to fall down to your other


Then you turn over the hand that originally held the


The illusion that the hand turned over before the coin

left is perfect.


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When your friend sees that the "other side" also has a

head on it, they will eagerly grab the coin back just to

find that it is a normal coin again.

It's nice and simple but you need to practise for



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Blood From

a Stone

You show a small stone in your left hand, then raise

your right arm and rub the stone against your right


You ask, "have you heard the expression 'Blood from a


You put all your fingertips on the stone and squeeze.

Little drops of red liquid flow from the pebble.

"How do I do it? I used to work for the I.R.S.!"

Well, not really. Before you start, hide a cotton ball with

a little bit of red colored water in it behind your shirt


When you lift your right arm to rub the coin against your

right elbow, secretly grab the cotton ball from behind

your collar with your right hand.

Then you put all your fingertips and the cotton ball on

the coin and squeeze.


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Sticky Metal

This is our first trick where you tell the audience how to

do the trick and even give them the prop.

But you still deliver a sharp surprise!

You use two similar coins, a blunt thumb-tack (or a

short, blunt roofing nail) and a spoon.

Hold the spoon vertically in front of your chest with the

open bowl toward you. Say you will show your friends a

neat stunt they can do for their children.

"If you breathe into the bowl of the spoon and press it

against your nose, your breath in the bowl will help the

spoon stick to your nose!

Then you show them how to do the same thing with a


But you came prepared with your tack glued, point

outward, to one of the coins.


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When your hand comes out of your pocket you have

the ordinary coin at the fingertips and the coin with its

attached tack hidden in your palm. That's why you must

use a blunt tack.

You breathe onto the coin or rub it against a moist

glass and then press it to your forehead. It should

produce some funny comments, then you offer to let a

friend or audience member try it.

Take the coin from your forehead and make it seem

that you are just passing it to the volunteer but you

switch coins and drop the tacked coin in front of them.

It may take a few seconds but they will get the point!


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Vanishing Coin

Show a coin on your palm, and then put an opaque

cloth over it. Ask some friends to reach under the cloth,

one at a time, to verify the coin value and its continued


As the last one confirms the coin is still there, use your

other hand to gesture magically. Then get someone to

take away the cloth.

The coin has gone under "test conditions"!

This is one of the few items where I ask you to use a

human gimmick, stooge or confederate. The last

person to check the coin is the one you have arranged

to secretly help you. They take away the coin!

This will be easy to organise because almost everyone

will go along with you just to see the effect on his or her

other friends and be the one who knows something that

no-one else does.


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The Matchbox


Show an open matchbox to your friends and ask them

to drop 2 coins of the same size in it.

Close the box and rattle it as you say the Magic word.

Ask a spectator to open the box and drop the contents

on the table. Your friends saw the box was empty, they

dropped only two coins in but now there are THREE


Prepare the box by pushing a coin about halfway in the

gap between the drawer and the top of the cover. Then

push the drawer halfway in the cover. Keep the coin

balanced on the end of the drawer as it slides out of

sight inside the cover.

Show your audience the half open matchbox. They

drop two coins, the same value as your hidden coin in

the box.


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Quickly slide the box shut as you begin to shake the

box and the rattle of the 2 donated coins hides the

sound of your coin dropping in with them.

You could start with a small number of matches in the

box and hide a few matches between the drawer and

the cover instead of using coins.

Ask someone to count the matches that are dropped

from the box, then close it and shake the box so the

hidden matches join the others. When they count the

matches again, you have done a small miracle!

Coins are better because counting tricks can be boring

and almost everyone's attention will be more easily held

to any trick where you use some of their money!


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Houdini Candy

Show a doubled cord with several candy rings hanging

on it.

Hold the 2 ends of the cord. The loose candies have

the cord through their central hole and are stopped

from falling by a candy firmly attached to the double

end of the cord.

Ask two spectators to each hold one end of the cord.

Cover the cord and candies with a handkerchief, then

reach under the handkerchief with one hand as you ask

them to say the magic word. 75

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Your free hand takes away the cover and everyone

sees the candies loosely piled on your other hand. You

didn't cut the cord. It is real Magic!

There is no stooge. Double a piece of cord and push

the folded part through the center hole of one candy


Open out the folded end of the cord and slip the candy

through it, then pull the ends of the cord so the loop


It looks as if the candy is firmly attached.

Push the ends of the doubled cord through several

rings and you are ready.

Have a spare, clean handkerchief to use for the trick

because these days nobody may have a spare

handkerchief with them, just tissues.


Let your friends see the candies are "locked" on the

cord, and then cover them with the handkerchief.

Reach under the handkerchief and loosen the loop of

cord that holds the single ring in place. It is a very good

idea to practise even a simple move like this in private

before stunning your friends with it. When you push the

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loop back over the candy, all of the sweets will drop

onto your palm. Then you can take off the handkerchief

and show that you have accomplished your mission!

You could also perform a larger version of this trick in

your show. Just make some large flat rings from light

wood, paint them different colors and use thick, colorful

cord in place of the string and a cloth instead of a

borrowed handkerchief.


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The easiest magical appearance of a knot there is!

Please remember you will anger anyone if you tell them

how you fooled them with this. They will be upset they

were so easy to fool and not be impressed!

You raise one arm to shoulder height, showing a rope

hanging down from your raised fist.

Flick the arm upward slightly so the rope jumps up and

you catch the free end with the same hand, then let the

end of the rope drop down again.

If you want, give a volunteer a similar piece of rope and

ask them to copy your actions. Joke with volunteers but

keep it friendly. Upset them and you look like an


Then your friends will not volunteer or watch your

"miracles" next time.


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You can, of course, let the volunteer choose a piece of

rope so everything looks fair.

Flip the rope up and catching it a couple more times.

Suddenly you drop the end of the rope and a knot

magically appears in the rope!

The simple method lets you concentrate on your

presentation and entertaining your friends.

You tie a small knot in one end of the rope before you

bring it out to show your friends. Keep this end in your

fist while flipping the other up and down.

You only have to decide when you will catch the plain

end and switch it for the end with the knot. About three

flips are usually enough.

How do you let the member of the audience choose

one of the pieces of rope when one is gimmicked?

You hold one piece in each hand in front of your friend,

making sure to keep the knot out of sight in your hand.

Ask the spectator to point to one piece of rope but don't

tell them why you are asking or what you are going to


If they point to the gimmicked rope, you give them the

other piece and if they point to the plain rope, of course

you give them that.


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You put no great importance on the choice and they will

not be suspicious but it will make it harder for them to

figure it out because everybody will think afterwards the

volunteer had a free choice!


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Hop Off


You need round candy rings for this trick. While white

peppermint flavored ones are most common, there is

no reason you can't add some color to the trick with

other types and colors.

Thread a candy ring on to a cord and cover it with a

cloth, then ask two friends to hold the ends of the cord.

You can now ask everyone for the Magic Word, reach

under the cloth and bring out the candy. Someone will

quickly remove the cloth but there is no clue. The candy

jumped off the cord to your palm!

You need 2 identical opaque candies and one has to be

secretly prepared in advance. You are about to make

what Magicians call a "gimmick", a device that secretly

does the work you take the credit for.


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Carefully break the candy in half, then "glue" the pieces

together again with a couple of drops of water. The

other candy is hidden in your sleeve. If there is room

under your watchstrap, push the extra candy there until

you need it.

When you reach under the cloth, you quietly squeeze

the pieces of the gimmick candy apart but, of course,

you don't show anyone the gimmicked sweet! You

swap it for the regular candy hidden in your sleeve

before you bring your hand out from under the cloth.


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Vanishing Knots

Show the cover off a matchbox. You don't need the tray

or matches for this easy but baffling vanish. Tie a

single, loose overhand knot round the cover with a

piece of string.

Tuck one end of the string inside the cover, then push

the knot off the cover and push it inside at the same

point you put the end of the string.

The knot will immediately vanish! You don't have to do

anything clever.

It's important to remember that you don't need to tell

your audience what you are going to do. That will tend

to bore them. Instead, talk about Black Holes or

something which is appropriate to your audience and

the occasion.


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Hypnotised Hanky

& Bonus Hanky Bunny

This effect needs you to have a clean handkercheif

which is something you should carry with you because

they are increasingly rare these days with almost

everybody using tissues.

Your show the handkerchief around, then tie a knot in

one corner.

Make a loose fist around most of the handkerchief

allowing the corner with the knot to stick up a few


Now you gesture in a mysterious manner with your free

hand and the knotted corner follows the movements

giving the appearance that you have hypnotised the


Of course, there is a more mundane explanation. Most

of the handkerchief is gathered in your fist, your thumb

is pointing up behind the knotted corner and in contact

with the cloth.


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You can make the corner dodge and weave by

pressing your thumb against your fist and then

releasing it. The effect you want to give is as if there

was a thread from your gesturing hand to the knotted


Bonus; The Hanky Bunny. To amuse small children

(and yourself) lay a white or any solid colored

handkerchief over the back of your right hand with one

corner about two inches forward of your fingers.

Bring the corner to your right down between your

fingers and thumb, then up between your little finger

and fourth finger.

Bring the corner to your left down between your fingers

and thumb, then up between your middle finger and

first finger.

If you now tuck the front corner under your middle

fingers into the folds of cloth, you will have a fair

representation of a long eared rabbit which you can

allow to graze along your left arm, bite your nose and

get up to whatever your imagination permits.

Do it for just a couple of minutes, you will get a good

response and then you can fill some time showing your

audience how to make their own rabbits.


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Sticky Coin

You have to do some work with glue or (my preference)

double-sided tape but the response you will get with

this trick is worth it!

You need a large coin and a small coin. Fix the small

coin on to the larger coin. Put it off center but make

sure that it does not touch the outer edge of the larger


Now find another coin as near to identical as possible

to the smaller coin on your gimmick.

You keep the single coin in your pocket and show the

gimmick with the smaller coin uppermost. Your

spectators see two ordinary coins.

You make a fist around the double coin gimmick and

turn your hand over.


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Remove the gimmick from your fist with just the thumb

and forefinger of your other hand.

Ask your audience, "what coin is left in my hand?"

Whatever they answer, you open your fist and show the

smaller coin has vanished!

Now you can make the coin (actually the duplicate

single coin) re-appear where and when you want.


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Want to reduce lapses of memory?

Here is a simple method for remembering what you

went to the shop for, or the secret ingredients for Aunt

Bessie's fudge.

This system is one of the pegs of those expensive

courses you see promoted on late night television. Your

memory will improve!

Did you realise that you always remember when your

holidays start or when your next pay rise is due? You

remember anything easily when you pay attention and

are interested in it!

Preparing, say, ten crazy pictures and indelibly pasting

them to the numbers from one to ten in your mind.

Here is a sample list;

1. SUN sounds like ONE a crazy cartoon sun 88

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2. GOO sounds like TWO a pot of glue

3. TREE sounds like THREE oversize tree , lots of


4. LAW sounds like FOUR think of a policeman

5. HIVE sounds like FIVE think of a beehive

6. DISK sounds like SIX think of a computer disk

7. HEAVEN sounds like SEVEN think of clouds, angels

8. CRATE sounds like EIGHT think of a fruit crate

9. MINE sounds like NINE think of a mineshaft or miner

10. PEN sounds like TEN think of a pigpen or writing


It should be very easy to think of something to visualise

for the pictures.

You can substitute anything that you think is easier for

you to link to a variety of items for any of the ones I


Make the pictures really outrageous because no-one

will ever see them or know what they look like unless

you meet a real mind-reader!

Most people will find this takes no more than half an


Do not worry if it takes you longer than that. You will

use these peg pictures for the rest of your life.


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Ask a friend if they want to improve their memory. Most

will jump at the chance. Show them this system and

you can help each other to learn.

This will accelerate your rate of improvement.

Take turns to make up ten unrelated items (maybe a

shopping list) for the other person. Ask them to write

them down as they tell you so they can check that you

get them right.

For each item they say, make a ridiculous association

with one of your mental pictures. If their third item is

dogfood, you could think of a tree (you remembered

that was item three, didn't you?) covered with packets

of the dogfood you usually get.

When they have written all the items down and put their

list out of sight, ask them to quiz you on the ten items.

Do them first in order but you will find that with only a

little practise, it is easy for you to call them up in any


Change your list of practise items each time. The old

list will be wiped when you do it the next time.

This exercise will increase the accuracy of your recall in

other circumstances.


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There is no reason to stop with just ten pictures. When

you are comfortable with ten, go to twenty (SENTRY?)

and more if you like.

This feat with a hundred or more items is performed by

professional mental magicians around the world.

You will still impress your friends when you

demonstrate your own achievements with a smaller

number of items, especially when you invite them to try

to do it themselves.

You don't have to accept what "everyone" knows, that

"we have a bad memory" or that "it deteriorates with

age". Our recall rate is poor because we don't exercise

it enough and, through laziness, we don't take the

trouble to remember things.


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Tricks where you display unusual mental ability are

very popular with most people, especially if you say that

they too have these abilities and you are demonstrating

what almost anybody in your audience can do if they

spend years studying to develop their own minds.

Of course, they would have to also read this book but

you probably won't tell them that!


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Pendulum Prediction

Can you predict the future or sex or if an unborn child

will be a boy or girl by using a pendulum?

Make your pendulum with yarn and a paperclip or make

a special one with a large bead and craft cord.

Researchers say that our brain tells our automatic body

functions what result we want and imperceptible

muscular contractions provide the motion, either

circular or in a straight line, to the pendulum.

But it might be magic!

Instead of the boy or girl question, ask a volunteer to

put a five dollar note in a small envelope, mix it with

several other envelopes and divine which envelope has

the money!

You will always get this right if you secretly mark the

envelope first.

Most people have a fascination with superstitions and

the arcane.


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You will find that many others want to try their hand at

divination too.


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The Hex Mark

Draw a short stroke with a soft crayon or piece of

charcoal across the crease in your palm.

Close your hand tightly and make a similar mark on the

back of your handbut at right angles to the first line.

Use a cloth or tissue to rub the mark off the back of

your hand, say a Magic Word and then open your hand.

Your friends will be surprised to see that there is now a

cross on your palm - the mark you rubbed away has

been pushed through your hand to join the first line!

Just follow the steps in the previous paragraph.

Because of the position of the first line over the crease

on your palm, a "copy" is created at right angles when

you tightly close your fist.

The effect you get with this very simple ruse depends

entirely on your presentation. A bit of arcane mumbo

jumbo might be just the thing to dress this up for your



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Color Reading


Show a small bag and 4 balls of different colored wool,

each ball is the same size and weight.

Ask someone to put the balls in the bag and shake it


They hold the bag above eye-level and say any one of

the colors.

You put a hand in the bag, feel around gently and take

out the correct ball!

The method is very simple, that's always the best! You

or your partner ties each ball of wool with different

knots which are hard to see but very easy to feel.

You could have a small cluster of knots, a single knot,

no knot (just a spot of glue on the end of one ball to

hold it in place), even a normal knot with a small loop

sticking out of it.

When you show the wool and the bag at the start of the

trick, you let each person examine only one ball at a

time. 96

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By the way, it's not a good idea to offer things you use

for examination. Try to give everyone the impression

that you always use normal items.

They won't think otherwise if you don't put the idea into

their heads.


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Crayon Divination

Give several different crayons to a friend.

Ask them to select one and put it in your hand after you

turn your back.

With just a second for thought, you correctly divine the

colour of the chosen crayon!

Assuming you cannot really read your friend's mind,

just follow these steps;

Give your friend the crayons, turn your back and put

one cupped hand behind you.

When your friend puts the selected crayon in your

cupped hand, turn the crayon over and make it appear

that you are weighing it.

Then ask your volunteer to take back the crayon.

Put your hand to your forehead and, if you remembered

to scrape a small piece of crayon under a fingernail,

you will be able to make your friends believe you really

can read their minds.


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You just need a small trace under your nail to know

which crayon was selected.


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Dowsing a Dollar

Show the group a small foreign coin or unusual


After you leave the table, they choose one person to

pick up the coin and hold it to their forehead for 20

seconds in their fist. Then everyone is to put one fist on

the table. They should all use their left hand so that

there is no possibility of collusion (as if you would!).

When you return to the table, you have a coat hanger

or a magic wand or a swizzle stick with you. Say," I will

show you how water dowsers work, but we will use the

coin (or medallion) because it will be less messy".

Slowly work your way around the table and, after a few

false readings, reveal who holds the coin.

You use an unusual coin or medallion to prevent the

embarrassment that a friend of mine suffered. He used


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a regular dollar. When he revealed the person who had

the coin in their hand, everyone else opened their fist to

show they all had a dollar in theirs as well. Ouch!

The coin is not the gimmick. The secret is that the

chosen person who held the coin to their forehead will

have an unusually pale fist because of the action of

holding their hand up to their forehead for a period of


This effect will fade fairly quickly so do not delay getting

back to the table with your dowsing device more than a

few seconds.


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The Human Gimmick

Ask a spectator to deal 9 cards in 3 rows, face up.

You turn your back and another spectator points to one


Turn back to the table and demonstrate your mind-

reading ability by quickly pointing out the randomly

chosen card!

The trick depends on you arranging for a friendly

spectator to secretly point out the position of the

selected card in the few seconds between your turning

back to the table and "reading the other spectator's


This has been done in many ways from a small

movement or even a cough as you move a finger over

the right card but the simplest and least detectable

method is this;

Your stooge is the person who deals the 9 cards on to

the table. They hold on to the deck of cards while you


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ask for another spectator to point out any one of the

cards on the table to the group after you turn your back.

Show your friend well before the demonstration how to

mentally divide the back of the top card into a 9 square

grid (like noughts and crosses).

You talk about mind-reading as you turn back to the

table, taking the group's attention off the dealer. The

dealer changes their grip on the deck so that they have

only one finger or thumb visible on top of the cards and

they put that on the imaginary grid in the square

corresponding to the chosen card.

If the card is in the middle of the row nearest to you,

they will grip the pack with their visible finger pointing to

the middle of the short end of the deck nearest to you.


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The Perfect Prediction

If you can really read minds, skip this section! If you just

want to make people think you can, read on�.

Take 3 playing cards face-up out of a small envelope.

Ask a spectator to name any one of the cards.

You immediately show that you predicted their choice!

Use an opaque envelope, slightly wider and longer than

the cards. Say your cards are a black 3, red 8 and an


Use a quick drying marker and write on the back of the

8 "You will choose the 8".

Write on the back of the envelope, "You will choose the


Write on a strip of paper "You will choose the Ace".

Fold the paper and put it in the envelope before you put

the cards in.


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When you are ready, show your audience the envelope

(with the marked side of the envelope away from them).

Take out just the 3 cards face up, leave the paper strip


Ask anyone to name one of the cards.

If they choose the "8", turn over all 3 cards.

If they choose the "3", put the cards back in the

envelope, then show the prediction you wrote on the

other side of the envelope.

If they choose the "Ace", pick up the envelope and

shake out the strip of paper with your "Ace" prediction

on it.

You do not let them handle the envelope or the cards.

Put the cards in the envelope and put it back in your


Just remember to make another paper strip and put it in

the envelope.

Then you are ready to show another audience this



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Stand There

Here are some tricks and stunts that need a bit of

space and an audience. They are great for social



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Sticky Coin without a


The handkerchief with glue on it made the "sticky coin"

vanish easily but you can do it even when there is no

table if you do a little preparation in advance.

Stitch a coin in a corner of the handkerchief.

Borrow a similar coin and have it marked.

Show the handkerchief and take the borrowed coin

under it. As you do this, drop the borrowed coin into a

pocket. This is easy - the handkerchief covers your

move from the spectators.

Draw the stitched-in coin up under the center of the

handkerchief and ask the lender to feel their coin "for

the last time". They won't know it's your coin.

While they hold the coin, bring your hand away from

under the handkerchief and grab another corner.

Ask them to let go and say the magic word while you

pull the handkerchief clear. Their coin is gone!


Or you can sew your coin into the bottom section of

your tie.

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This does not work if you are wearing a bowtie.

Show the handkerchief, take the loaned marked coin

under it and slip it in a pocket, then draw the loaded

section of your tie up under the center of the


When you whip the handkerchief away, your tie will

drop back into place.


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It IS Up Your Sleeve

This is a great trick if you have young children and want

to teach them a trick which they can do.

Magic is a great hobby for almost everyone from seven

years of age to older than me! And while they practise

and present Magic their social skills, dexterity and

confidence increase.

Show a 90cm length of rope, a bangle or similar size

ring and a large opaque cloth.

Ask someone to tie each end of the rope round one of

your wrists, pick up the bangle and get them to cover

your hands and fore-arms with the cloth.

Say the magic word, then when they take the cloth


The bangle is threaded on the rope and they can see

their knots have not been disturbed!

You need an extra bangle and must be wearing a

jacket or topcoat.


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Hide the extra bangle on your arm under a jacket


When they cover your arms with the cloth, slip the

displayed bangle inside your jacket and let the hidden

bangle slide down your arm onto the rope.

Ask them to remove the cloth and they will see the

bangle on the rope!


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All Tied Up

Ask 2 friends to stand facing each other with their arms


Loosely tie one friend's wrists together with a length of

rope. Tie the other person's wrists together with a

similar length of rope. Before you tie their second wrist,

take the end of the rope behind the rope securing their

friends hands so the crossed ropes connect them.

You tell them they must get loose without untying or

cutting the ropes.

They can do the Magic this time!

There are no acrobatics or concealed scissors needed.

Just fold the center of one rope and pass it through the

circle of rope round one of the other person's wrists.


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You will see the ropes simply slide apart. You say that

you tie the ropes fairly loose to make sure that they are

not hurt but it is really so that there is enough space in

the loops around their wrists that you can push the

folded rope through to get them free.

Adjust the length of the ropes according to how friendly

the volunteers are. Try to pick 2 out-going people who

will enter the spirit of the stunt to ensure that everybody

enjoys it.


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Book Bank

You hold an open hardbound book flat on your hand

and ask a spectator to drop a few coins on it.

Ask him to confirm the number of coins, then cup his

two hands together.

You tip up the book and poor the coins into his cupped


You say, "I call this 'the Value of Reading'!" as you

close the book and ask your friend to count the coins.

While he put, say, 5 coins on the book he will find eight

when the coins he holds are counted!

While this seems amazing, especially as the book can

be left with your friends (there's nothing to find), the

method is almost as incredible.

You hide the extra coins inside the spine of the book

before you start. They will slide into your friend's hands

when you tip the book forward to let the visible coins go

from the book to his cupped hands.


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Be sure to check in advance that the coins you want to

use will slide easily from the spine of the book when

needed and there are no damage to the inside of the

binding which could obstruct their path.


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Catching Cards n Coins

You probably have seen many magicians in stage

shows and television specials catch hundreds

(apparently) of playing cards or coins by just raising

one hand skyward.

I cannot give you their methods here and you should be

grateful because it takes them longer just to acquire the

skill to produce those cards or coins without showing

the effort they are expending than it will take you to

learn everything in this book.

This is the Ezy way! It works almost as well and takes

less time to prepare than boiling an egg.

You wrap a small band of double-sided tape around

your middle finger of the hand which will gather the

cards or coins.

Then you attach just one card (or coin) to the tape on

the back of your hand.


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Here is the trade-off, you need to tape the card with the

back out because you don't want to show that every

card you catch is the same.

The professionals catch whole decks of cards and

show the faces almost all the time. If you want to use

their method, start to learn now and come back to this

book in a couple of months when you have mastered it.

For the rest of us, with only limited time to study, we will

be satisfied with just showing the back of the card.

You just reach up with the hand that has the gimmick

on it and bend your fingers into your palm when you

want to show you have caught a card.

You prepare the bag or box which you are dropping the

cards in by putting a jumble of cards in it before you

start. When you bring your arm down and your hand

(with the card displayed) goes into the box, make sure

you take your whole hand below the edge of the box.

Then you straighten your hand out again and raise it up

with the palm toward your audience, ready to catch

another card.

If your are using coins, use a metal bucket instead of a

box to put them in and tap the inside of the pail to

imitate the sound of each coin you put in.


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The Ball

in the Bag

Forgive me for this trick please because it is not really


You show a large paper bag and tell everyone you

have a new superfast high bounce ball in your other

hand. But it's invisible.

You pretend to throw the ball up gently and bring the

open bag across so the "ball" will fall in the bag.

And it does! Well, at least everybody hears it land.

You have to act as if there really is a ball and you are

bouncing it around.

That is part of why this can go very well. The rest of the

"secret" is how to make the sound of the ball bouncing

into the bag.

You hold the bag with a thumb on the outside and your

first two fingers, one on top of the other, pressing


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against the thumb through the bag. When the ball is

landing in the bag, you snap the top finger off the other

one and everyone hears the sound of it hitting the bag.

That makes a very satisfactory imitation of the sound a

real ball would make landing in the bag.

Remember to drop the bag and the hand holding it

down a little when the ball lands. That little touch also

adds to the fun.

You do this a few more times, claiming that you are

performing more difficult throws and catches each time.

Then you take the invisible ball out of the bag (!) and

ask a spectator to catch it. Most people will go along by

this stage.

Then you say, "Did you catch my ball?"

When he replies, you say, "I suppose the men in the

white coats will probably take both of us away now!"


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